30 Peppermint Desserts to Make This Christmas Season

snowballs with sugar glaze and crushed peppermints
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Have a holly jolly holiday season with festive peppermint desserts. Whether you're looking classic peppermint bark or brittle for gifting (this 5-Ingredient Peppermint Bark is shockingly simple), candy cane-packed cookies for Santa (these Peppermint Snowballs will look gorgeous on your table, and this Chocolate-Peppermint Skillet Cookie is perfect for lazy bakers), or an indulgent cake to finish off your holiday meal (this Peppermint Tea Chocolate Cake is wonderfully moist and decadent), you'll find a new favorite seasonal treat in this collection of peppermint dessert recipes.

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Peppermint Brittle

peppermint brittle

"A Christmastime treat," says recipe creator Honda. "This holiday confection is gobbled up quickly by guests, and it is so easy to make. The cool crunch of peppermint with creamy white chocolate is a divine combination."

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Peppermint Meringues

meringues with green and red sprinkles

You only need five ingredients (egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, sugar, and candy canes) for these impossibly light and airy treats. Use a combo of green and red candy canes for festive color.

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Peppermint Patties

Peppermint Patties
Photo by dslade.

"I have made these every year as one of many Christmas treats," says recipe creator Patty Stockton. "My family really loves them, it wouldn't be Christmas without them."

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Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies

There are few pairings as perfect as chocolate and mint. The flavor here is subtle (this recipe calls for one teaspoon of peppermint oil), but definitely noticeable.

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Peppermint Snowballs

snowballs with sugar glaze and crushed peppermints

These soft cookies will look right at home on your holiday dessert table. Use a food processor to easily crush your peppermint candy for the dough.

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Shorecook's Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

Shorecook's Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

"A rich chocolate biscotti mixed with the flavor of peppermint," says recipe creator Shorecook. "These are sized just like the ones you get in the coffee shop. When wrapped in cellophane bags, they are perfect for bake sales."

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Candy Cane Fudge

squares of white chocolate fudge with candy canes

Vanilla baking chips and a can of sweetened condensed milk make this fudge deliciously rich. Perfectly minty and festive, you'll want to make it all season long.

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

square of dark chocolate fudge topped with crushed peppermint candy

"This fudge was a HUGE hit with my family," raves reviewer Vanclaners. "They think it is the best I have ever made and since it is WAY easier than a traditional fudge recipe this one will be it from here on out!"

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Chocolate-Peppermint Skillet Cookie

Chocolate-Peppermint Skillet Cookie

Who doesn't love a skillet cookie? This egg-free recipe, topped with candy canes and a sugary glaze, is perfect for lazy holiday cookie bakers. No rolling or scooping required!

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Peppermint Cheesecake

peppermint cheesecake with chocolate and whipped cream

"I LOVE cheesecake of all kinds and this was no exception," says reviewer Christina. "This is a denser/heavier cheesecake so just keep that in mind. This was very easy to put together and looked so pretty when it was done."

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Peppermint Holiday Cookies

Peppermint Holiday Cookies
Peppermint Holiday Cookies | Photo by Wowamom87.

"My coworkers and family are now calling these 'Christmas Crack,' says reviewer Travelingirl68. "This is a new favorite peppermint cookie recipe and I made it exactly as posted!"

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Cookies and Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

Cookies and Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

"If you love mint, you'll love this dessert," according to recipe creator Jamie Nygaard. "The combination of cream-filled chocolate cookies, fudge, and peppermint ice cream is mouth-watering delicious!"

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Milk Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Milk Chocolate Peppermint Bark on a white dish
Esmee Williams

This unique take on classic peppermint bark has two layers: milk chocolate on bottom, white chocolate on top. Best of all, it only calls for four ingredients!

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5-Ingredient Peppermint Bark

pieces of peppermint bark on a white plate
Kat G

"This layered peppermint bark is a delectable blend of semisweet chocolate, white chocolate, and peppermint," says recipe creator Andrea. "Semi sweet, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate can be used."

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Peppermint Marshmallows

peppermint marshmallows

Take your mug of hot chocolate up a notch with these peppermint-flavored marshmallows. Homemade marshmallows take some time to make but, trust us, the extra work is worth it.

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Santa's Favorite Cake

santa's favorite cake garnished with cacndycane

Santa's Favorite Cake may very well become your favorite cake when you take a bite of this minty red velvet dessert. Store-bought cake mix makes this recipe easy peasy.

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Layered Mint Chocolate Fudge

Layered Mint Chocolate Fudge

This easy holiday candy is perfect for gift giving. It features three heavenly chocolate layers. The food coloring for the middle layer is optional, but recommended for a touch of festive flair.

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Pink Peppermint Cupcake

Pink Peppermint Cupcake

How adorable is this delightfully festive cupcake? Use a box of store-bought white cake mix to cut down on prep time and cleanup. Don't forget to top with the peppermint candy of your choice!

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Peppermint Rice Crispies Squares

Peppermint Rice Crispies Squares

"When asked how this recipe compares to just the regular Rice Krispies bars my granddaughters declared that these are the best," says reviewer Marianne.

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Pudding You Can Feel Good About

Pudding You Can Feel Good About

This wholesome pudding tastes decadent, but it's deceptively healthy. Its creaminess comes from an avocado and its sweetness come from agave nectar instead of white sugar.

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Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
Mandy Strong

You need just five ingredients (including food coloring) for this simple frosting. Pair it with this Simple White Cake or this Deep Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cake.

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Peppermint Lace Cookies

Peppermint Lace Cookies

"Wonderful cookies that are simple to make," says reviewer sarahp. "Followed the directions exactly. The oatmeal and peppermint are a great combination. They also look like they came from a bakery!"

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Peppermint Tea Chocolate Cake

Peppermint Tea Chocolate Cake

Made with a cup of (very strong) peppermint tea and sour cream, this chocolate cake is exceptionally moist. You can leave it bare or top it with the delicious chocolate mint glaze.

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Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Peppermint Mocha Cookies
Liz Reid

These sweet treats are inspired by a coffeehouse favorite: "A cookie that tastes like a holiday drink," says recipe creator Watercat. "These are soft in the middle with a little crunch on top."

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Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Linda T

Here's a festive treat, with a crispy exterior and soft interior, that's perfect for cookie lovers following gluten-free diets. You'll make these again and again.

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Candy Cane Hot Cocoa

hot chocolate with candy canes and whipped cream
Buckwheat Queen

"The rich flavor of chocolate combines so well with peppermint," says recipe creator Althea. "This is the perfect drink to sip while trimming the tree."

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French Peppermint Cookies with Chocolate Ganache

French Peppermint Cookies with Chocolate Ganache

"Crisp on the outside, softer in the middle, and coated with creamy chocolate ganache," says recipe creator Lillie. "These French-influenced cookies have a meringue-and-confectioners'-sugar base with peppermint flavoring and peppermint candy."

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Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bites

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bites
Culinary Envy

"Chocolate peppermint cheesecake bites have a crunchy chocolate cookie layer on bottom with delicious peppermint chocolate cheesecake and bits of crushed candy cane and chocolate swirls on top," according to recipe creator Culinary Envy.

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Peppermint Bark Cookies

Peppermint Bark Cookies
Grace Preya.

"A light, festive holiday cookie for those who enjoy peppermint bark but might prefer something less time-consuming," according to recipe creator Dianna S. "I wanted a peppermint cookie that was easy and reminded me of Christmas. I think I found it!"

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Peppermint Bars

These delicious bar cookies have a texture similar to old fashioned sugar cookies. The melted chocolate and crushed candy cane topping is wonderfully festive.

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